Nissan ceases Sebring test early

Nissan Motorsports has ended its Sebring test this week due to a mechanical problem on its ground-breaking GT-R LM NISMO LMP1 contender.

Nissan ceases Sebring test early
Nissan GT-R LM Nismo testing
Nissan GT-R LM Nismo photoshoot
Nissan GT-R LM Nismo testing
Nissan GT-R LM Nismo testing

Olivier Pla and Marc Gene had completed somewhere in the region of 70 laps on Monday and Tuesday but the team took the decision to head back to its base after an unspecified failure of a component believed to be within the engine installation.

Motorsport.com sources have also discovered that the rear gearbox and the flybrid system have also given the team significant headaches in recent weeks.

Sources indicate the car was over ten seconds shy of the 2015 spec Audi R18 e-tron quattro, which is also at the test.

However, it is known that Nissan were not running its front-axle connected rear hybrid system over the first two days.

The lack of running for Jann Mardenborough, Harry Tincknell and new recruit Max Chilton, who all arrived at the track yesterday scheduled to drive, will be especially disappointing for the team as it is believed that the unique characteristics of the car are proving especially difficult to learn.

Nissan will be investigating testing opportunities ahead of the official Prologue test in three weeks' time. It has entered one of the GT-R LM NISMO cars at the two day Paul Ricard test.

shares
comments
ORECA 05 a massive step forward - Howson

Previous article

ORECA 05 a massive step forward - Howson

Next article

KCMG completes successful shakedown of ORECA 05 at Paul Ricard

KCMG completes successful shakedown of ORECA 05 at Paul Ricard
Load comments
Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood Prime

Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood

Team WRT has been at the forefront of GT racing for years and made a successful move to prototypes for 2021, capped by an LMP2 win on its Le Mans debut. It could've been even better had the race been one lap shorter, when its cars ran 1-2, but the stranger-than-fiction reality has spurred the team to reach greater heights.

Le Mans
Oct 16, 2021
Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked Prime

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far Prime

What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far

The new dawn for the FIA World Endurance Championship has arrived at Le Mans, as Hypercars prepare to duel for victory in the world's oldest endurance race. Motorsport.com picks out the 10 things we have learned in the build up to the race.

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2021
Le Mans 2021: The team-by-team guide Prime

Le Mans 2021: The team-by-team guide

After a two-month delay due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours is set to get underway with the start of the Hypercar era at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2021
Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse? Prime

Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse?

One Toyota, normally with the number 7 on the side, always seems to attract the bad luck in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez are hoping for a change in fortune this time around, but face significantly more unknowns than in recent years

Le Mans
Aug 19, 2021
Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow Prime

Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow

Many were quick to dismiss Glickenhaus when the boutique American sportscar firm's entry into the top class of the Le Mans 24 Hours was announced. It's all-new LMH racer, powered by an engine built by a rally specialist, goes in as the underdog against Toyota but the mathematical odds suggest that it has more than just a faint hope of success.

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021
How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car Prime

How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car

The JW Automotive Engineering team won twice at the Le Mans 24 Hours with ageing Fords and was considered the heavy favourite to add more victories to its tally after partnering with Porsche. But despite being armed with the all-conquering 917, this formidable combination was never as successful in real life as on the big screen.

Le Mans
Aug 15, 2021
Why Jose Maria Lopez isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio Prime

Why Jose Maria Lopez isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio

Having twice missed out on Formula 1 and reinvented himself as a touring car driver, Jose Maria Lopez has had a rocky ride to becoming a four-time world champion. One more would put him level with his nation's favourite son, but there's another prize he would value far more than the honour of matching Juan Manuel Fangio's tally.

WEC
Aug 14, 2021